Hidden Cocktails: The French 75

The French 75 CocktailThe French 75 Cocktail
GREY Journal

With the huge number of cocktails out in the world, it’s not surprising that a few fall through the cracks. There are hidden gems in those lost cocktails, delicious drinks that everybody would probably enjoy. This week we’re focusing on the French 75! 

French 75 poured into glass
French 75

A prototype of today’s French 75 was invented at the New York Bar in Paris by Harry MacElhone. It wasn’t refined into its more recognizable version until Wold War 1.

  • Simple syrup*
  • 1 ounce gin or cognac
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces champagne
  •  Lemon twist
  1. Make simple syrup*
  2. Put everything but the champagne and the lemon into the shaker.
  3. Strain into a chilled glass (preferably a flute).
  4. Top with champagne
  5. Garnish with lemon twist
*Simple Syrup Instructions
  • Put a saucepan over low heat
  • Add 1 cup of sugar water
  • Warm until sugar is dissolved
  • Cool to room temperature
  • Refrigerate leftovers
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Madeleine Hettich
Madeleine Hettich is a graphic designer, writer, illustrator, and comic book artist. After graduating with a BFA degree (with an emphasis in Visual Communications Design) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer before being hired by GREY. She continues to develop independent illustration and comics projects in her own time. This background gives her a unique perspective when writing about any number of topics.

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